How Might Climate Change Impact Communicable Diseases?
with Dr. Stan Houston, MD DTM&H FRCPC
Thurs. Feb. 3, 10:30 am - 11:00 am

The interaction of climate change on infectious diseases is complicated and unpredictable. Vector borne diseases and water related diseases seem the most likely to be affected.  We will discuss potential mechanisms and possible outcomes on human infectious diseases based on the limited evidence available.


Dr. Houston graduated MD in 1975 from the University of Saskatchewan and subsequently obtained qualifications in Family Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He worked in primary care in northern Saskatchewan and rural Lesotho and for four years at the University of Zimbabwe. He participated in TB control projects in Ecuador and South Sudan for over 10 years and has links with universities in Uganda.  He is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the U of A, former director of the Northern Alberta HIV Program and active in the development of Harm Reduction activities and refugee health in Edmonton. Recent interests and teaching involve One Health.